What Are the Symptoms of Gallbladder Problems in Women?

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Symptoms of gallbladder problems in women include severe abdominal pain, pain that grows more intense after eating fatty or greasy foods, pain that extends beneath the right shoulder blade or that radiates to the back and chest pain, as noted by EverydayHealth. Other symptoms of gallbladder problems include pain that gets worse when breathing in deeply or pain that feels crampy, sharp and dull. Tenderness in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, jaundice, unusually colored stools, shaking with chills, fever, nausea, vomiting and a feeling of abdominal fullness are additional symptoms.

While the specific symptoms experienced depends on the gallbladder condition that is being experienced, many are common among all problems of the gallbladder. Sometimes gallbladder problems will exist absent any symptoms whatsoever.

Gallstones, which occur when small stones develop in the gallbladder, can cause biliary colic, which is severe pain caused by blockage of the cystic duct. The pain caused is spasmodic and severe. Gallbladder inflammation can cause pain and swelling in the abdomen along with fever, and it may even cause the gallbladder to rupture, which is a medical emergency.

Chronic gallbladder disease is also a common gallbladder problem, according to EverydayHealth. The symptoms it causes are more constant than acute gallbladder trouble, and may include increased gas, indigestion and abdominal fullness.